Teenage pregnancy

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:48 pm
Teenage pregnancy can be a serious problem for all those involved, but it's especially difficult for the young mother. Pregnant teenagers are forced to cope with a variety of issues that they may not be mentally or emotionally prepared for. They find themselves having to make a number of serious decisions that can have a profound impact on the rest of their lives. Some of the decisions they may be faced with include whether or not to marry the father, whether to have the child or have an abortion, and whether to keep the child our give it up for adoption. Parents of pregnant teens can be a vital resource for both guidance and support. Prospective young mothers need understanding not moralizing. They should be made aware of all of their options so they have the information necessary to make educated decisions. Communication and honesty are essential to this process. Teenagers should feel they can talk to their parents about anything. When parents and teens work together, it's generally best for all those concerned. For more information, consult a health care provider in your area.
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